Contact InformationKaan Erkorkmaz

Phone: 519-888-4567 x35214
Location: EC4 1013


Biography Summary

Kaan Erkorkmaz is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is a Fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) and also a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Professor Erkorkmaz’s research interests are in the areas of precision manufacturing, machining, and dynamics; controls, and optimal trajectory planning for machine tools; with the objective of increasing the productivity, part quality, and resource efficiency in manufacturing operations.

Research Interests

  • Precision Engineering
  • Dynamics
  • Controls
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechatronics
  • Automotive
  • Advanced Robotics
  • Controls and Precision Tooling
  • Digital Factories
  • Digital Design and Fabrication Technologies
  • Embedded Systems
  • Sensors and Devices
  • Machining Automation
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Advanced Manufacturing


  • 2004, Doctorate, Mechanical Engineering Thesis Topic:Optimal Trajectory Generation and Precision Tracking Control for Multi-Axis Machines Specialization: Automatic Control (major), Machining, Mechanical Vibrations, Instrumentation, Design, Sensors and Actuators, Re, University of British Columbia, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1999, Master's, Mechanical Engineering Thesis Topic:High Speed Contouring Control for Machine Tool Drives Research Advisor:Prof. Yusuf Altintas, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia
  • 1996, Master's, Systems and Control Engineering,Course requirements completed, masters degree continued at UBC, Bogazici University, Institute of Science and Engineering
  • 1995, Bachelor's, Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University


  • ME 780 - Special Topics in Mechatronics
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2018
  • ME 599 - Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
    • Taught in 2017
  • MTE 360 - Automatic Control Systems
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • ME 548 - Numerical Control of Machine Tools 1
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2018
  • ME 739 - Manufacturing Processes Topics
    • Taught in 2018
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Erkorkmaz, Kaan, Control of Machining Processes, Encyclopedia of Systems and Control, 2015, 173 - 179
  • Erkorkmaz, Kaan, Efficient Fitting of the Feed Correction Polynomial for Real-Time Spline Interpolation, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 137(4), 2015
  • Munoa, Jokin and Beudaert, Xavier and Erkorkmaz, Kaan and Iglesias, Alex and Barrios, Asier and Zatarain, Mikel, Active suppression of structural chatter vibrations using machine drives and accelerometers, CIRP Annals-Manufacturing Technology, 64(1), 2015, 385 - 388
  • Okyay, Ahmet and Khamesee, Mir Behrad and Erkorkmaz, Kaan, Design and Optimization of a Voice Coil Actuator for Precision Motion Applications, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 51(6), 2015, 1 - 10
  • Erkorkmaz, Kaan and Alzaydi, Ammar and Elfizy, Amr and Engin, Serafettin, Time-optimized hole sequence planning for 5-axis on-the-fly laser drilling, CIRP Annals-Manufacturing Technology, 63(1), 2014, 377 - 380
  • Groen A, Vlasea M, Erkorkmaz K. Modelling of powder spreading to optimize compaction consistency. Proceedings of the NSERC HIAM Conference, Vancouver, Canada. (Accepted in 2019)
  • Ertay DS, Naiel M, Vlasea M, Erkorkmaz K, Fieguth P. Melt Pool Geometry Modeling and Monitoring via In-Situ Vision System for Powder Fed Laser Fusion Process. Proceedings of the Virtual Machining Process Technology, Vancouver, Canada. (Accepted in 2019)
  • Zhu Y, Vlasea M, Erkorkmaz K. Synergy Strategies between Additive Manufacturing and Machining for Designs with High Complexity. Proceedings of the Virtual Machining Process Technology, Vancouver, Canada. (Accepted in 2019)